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Lobbyists Decamp From D.C.

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Posted on Nov 2, 2009
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Could the current climate in Washington, D.C., be discouraging lobbyists from practicing their persuasive trade in and around the White House? Or does the downsizing of their ranks have more to do with the economy than the political zeitgeist on Capitol Hill?

Either way, according to a new study referenced in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, their collective presence is still stronger in our nation’s capital than it was 11 years ago. Baby steps.  —KA

The Wall Street Journal:

A record number of lobbyists have quit the business this year, according to a study released today.

About 1,400 lobbyists, or 8% of the industry, left in the three-month period ending June 30, according to a joint study of lobbying records by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics and OMB Watch. Typically, a few hundred lobbyists leave the business every quarter.

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By paul bass, November 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment
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maybe they think they will get what they want with out wasting the money?

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By DieDaily, November 3, 2009 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment

How interesting that while the general employment
market has contracted by something in the order of 12
to 20 percent, that of the lobbyists has shrunk by only
8 percent! Oh my. Fun with statistics. Doesn’t this
mean that portion of employed people who are lobbyists
has risen by something like 50%? Some day, maybe,
something truthful will come out of the white house via
the mainstream media. But don’t hold your breath.

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By de profundis clamavi, November 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

“About 1,400 lobbyists, or 8% of the industry, left in the three-month period ending June 30, according to a joint study of lobbying records by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics and OMB Watch.”

That 8% of them have left is good. That 100% should leave would be better still. That they should all be interned and interrogated until they reveal everything they know about the corruption of members of Congress would be even better that that, and that they should subsequently be handed over to the justice of the people’s tribunals would be perfection.

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By PatrickHenry, November 3, 2009 at 4:39 am Link to this comment

They should be registered, regulated and have the dog shit taxed out of them.

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By gerard, November 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm Link to this comment

Now if even half of those retired lobbyists would have a change of heart and morph into whistle-blowers, we’d really have somethng to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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